In honor of Israeli Independence Day, the World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge were lit up in blue and white.

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The new World Trade Center and Kosciuszko Bridge were lit up in blue and white in order to mark Israel’s 69th birthday. New York Governor Andrew Como released a statement, proclaiming: “On Yom Ha’Atzmaut, we celebrate Israel’s Independence Day in recognition of the rich history between our two countries.”

“New York joins with the Israeli people and the State of Israel as they celebrate their 69th year of independence,” he added. “The 408-foot spire of one World Trade Center, which was built as a response to terrorism and the Kosciuszko Bridge, a sign of growth and determination, will be lit in a dazzling show of lights in honor of a country that epitomizes resilience and progress.”

“I wish all Israeli people both at home and abroad a happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut,” he concluded. “Chag Sameach.” The World Trade Center, which is also known as Liberty Tower, was built near the ruins of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the September 11 terror attack. The building was built in response to that horrific event, which claimed the lives of 2,977 people. The Kosciusko Bridge connects Brooklyn and Queens.